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Censorship
"You would not believe how, from the very commencement of my activity, that horrible censor question has tormented me."
Tolstoy
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Censorship

Justice Douglas Dissent
January 23, 1961
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Finally, the fear of the censor by the composer of ideas acts as a substantial deterrent to the creation of new thoughts. See Tolstoy's declaration, (6). This is especially true of motion pictures due to the large financial burden that must be assumed by their producers. The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.

Footnote 6: Tolstoy once wrote:

"You would not believe how, from the very commencement of my activity, that horrible censor question has tormented me. I wanted to write what I felt; but all the same time it occurred to me that what I wrote would not be permitted, and involuntarily I had to abandon the work. I abandoned, and went on abandoning, and meanwhile the years passed away."



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